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2/19/18 1 WINES OF FRANCE - B Agenda Understanding the Label French Wine Tasting Environment Warmth Needed for the production of sugars Temperature zone: Between 30 0 – 50 0 from equator Soil – absorb or reflect warmth Nutrients Provided by the soil Affect quality of wines Understanding the Label Producer and Brands Vintage The year in which the grapes were harvested Northern hemisphere – harvested in Aug, Sep, or Oct Southern hemisphere – harvested in Feb, March, or April Geographical Indications (GI) GI – designated vineyard area within a country Alcohol The alcoholic strength of the wine expressed as alcohol by volume (abv) Volume Amount of wine in the bottle Reading the Label Oak – the role played by oak in the wine making process is often indicated on the label.
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2/19/18 2 Single Varietal vs. Blends Appellation vs. Varietal Labeling French Wine Tasting Bordeaux Appellations Left bank ( Cabernet Sauvignon ) Médoc Pessac-Léognan Graves Right bank ( Merlot ) Pomerol Saint-Émilion Preparation for Tasting Ideal tasting room Odour-free Good natural light White surfaces Tasting palate Clean Unaffected by tobacco, food, coffee, gum, or toothpaste (Hayfever, colds, fatigue – affect your ability to judge wines) Glasses Opening a Bottle of Wine 1.
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